The membership year runs from January to December. Fellows will be contacted in November/December to renew their membership for the following year. The membership fees for the 2020 calendar year are listed below.
Rate 1: £30
Fellows who, on 1st January 2020, or at the time of their election in 2020, are an undergraduate or postgraduate student studying astronomy, geophysics or a related subject, at a rate equivalent to at least 25% of full time study. Fellows may only apply for this rate for up to 9 years.
Rate 2a: £80
Fellows who ceased to be eligible for rate 1 having completed their full time education after 1st January 2015 and are in the early stages of a career in astronomy, geophysics or a related subject.
Rate 2b: £55
Fellows who ceased to be eligible for rate 1 having completed their full time education in 2019.
Rate 3: £130
Fellows who completed full time education before 1st January 2015.
Newly elected Fellows
Newly elected Fellows pay a reduced fee for their first year of membership. The rates for 2020 are as follows:
Rate 1: £5 (if an eligible student on the date of election)
Rate 2: £55
Rate 3: £80
Subscriptions for Fellows paying rates 2 & 3 who are elected after June 30 will be reduced by 50% for the first year.
Students elected after 1st October will be given free membership for the remainder of that year.
Fellows over the age of 65 and who have been a member for 15 years or more may request to pay a concessionary rate of £30. Please contact the Membership Officer to apply for this reduced rate.
Non-student Fellows of the RAS who are also members of the Institute of Physics (IOP) are eligible for 25% discounted membership of the RAS. Rate 3 Fellows who are also members of The Geological Society are also eligible for 25% discounted RAS membership. To take advantage of this discount please contact the Membership Officer.
Methods of payment
Fellows can pay their membership fees by credit or debit card through the Fellows' designated website or by Direct Debit from a UK bank account. Payments can also be made by cheque, please make them payable to 'Royal Astronomical Society'.